IceCaps – Comets: A Numbers Game (Jan. 2, 2016)

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Here are some comments and observations from the St. John’s IceCaps vs. the Utica Comets at the Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica New York

1  A quick look at tonight’s line combos and D pairings along with injuries and scratches:

Lessio – Hudon – Holloway                                        Ellis– Dietz

Bournival – De La Rose  – Dumont                           Hanley – Lernout

MacMillan –  Eisenschmid – Fournier                        Bennett – Didier

McNally –   – Gregoire                                                 Thrower

Starting Goalie: Fucale

Scratches: Bozon, Bennett and Neilson

Injuries: Scherbak (end of Jan.), Johnston (back surgery), McCarron and Crisp (day-to-day)

IceCaps in Montreal: Barberio, Andrighetto and Carr

IceCaps in Brampton: Brown, Pasquale and Miceli

Notes: Scherbak and Johnston are skating.

2  The IceCaps power play went 0 for 2 tonight bringing their season total to 19 for 115 for a 16.5% success rate. The power play entered the game in 15th place scoring 19 goals on 113 attempts for a 16.8% success rate along with giving up 1 shorthanded goal. On the road the power play entered the game in 8th place scoring just 11 times on 61 attempts for a 18.0% success rate.

3  St. John’s penalty kill went 3 for 3 tonight to bring their season total to 121 for 139 for a 87.1% success rate. The penalty kill entered the game in 5th place giving just 18 goals on 136 attempts for a 86.8% success rate while scoring 2 shorthanded goal. On the road the penalty kill entered the game in 7th place giving up 10 goals on 73 attempts for a success rate of 86.3%.

4  The IceCaps were outshot by the Comets 27-15. Lessio led the Icecaps with 3 shots while Shinkaruk led the Comets and all players with 4 shots. (1st period 5-5 tie, 2nd period 9-6 Comets, 3rd period 13-4 )

5  This was the 2nd of 8 meetings between the two teams with St. John’s holding a 2-0-0-0 record scoring while giving up 2.

6  The IceCaps season record now stands at 16-9-5-3 scoring 101 while giving up 103. Their road record is 8-8-1-2 scoring 49 while giving up 60 while their home record now stands at 8-1-4-1 scoring 52 while giving up 43.

7  In the last 10 games the IceCaps have a record of 4-4-1-1 scoring 26 while giving up 29. They entered the game in 3rd place in their division .171 percentage points behind 1st place Toronto. Note: Winning percentage now determines the standings in the AHL instead of points due to the unbalanced schedule being played by the western teams.

8  After tonight’s game their record now stands at 16-9-5-3 scoring 101 while  giving up 103. Last year as the Bulldogs their record was 15-13-5-0 scoring 90 and giving up 90.

9  Quick points:

  • a) Lessio scored a goal giving him 2 goals and 3 assists in his last 6 games played with the IceCaps.
  • b) Fournier now has a 2 game fight streak going and has picked up 16 minutes in penalties in his last 2 games.
  • c) Ellis broke a 4 game pointless streak picking up an assist giving him 17 points in 33 games played.
  • d) Bennett and Didier were the only IceCaps with minus ratings both going -1 for the night.
  • e) McNally scores his 1st goal as an IceCaps.
  • f)  Lernout was on the ice for 3 of the 4 goals scored tonight ending the night with a +3 rating.
  • g) Tokarski broke a personal 6 game losing streak his record during that streak was 0-2-2-2.
  • h) The IceCaps are now 8-3-0-0 when leading after the first period.
  • i) Tokarski stopped 26 of 27 shots to improve his record to 3-3-2-2 with a GAA of 2.84 and a SV% of .909.
  • j)  Jordan Subban had 1 assist, 2 shots and a -1 rating.
  • k) St. John’s record when leading after 2 periods now stands at 13-1-3-1.
  • l) This was the 22nd time that the IceCaps have scored first improving their record to 14-5-3-0 in those games.

10  A look at the 3 stars of the game:

  • 1st Star: Dustin Tokarski of St. John’s who stopped 26 of 27 shots.
  • 2nd Star: Jeremy Gregoire of  St. John’s with 1 goal, 1 shot and a +1 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Joseph LaBate of Utica with 1 goal, 2 shots and an even rating.
  • Player of the Game: Markus Eisenschmid with 1 assist 2 shots and an even rating.

11 My 3 stars of the game would have been:

  • 1st Star: Dustin Tokarski of St. John’s who stopped 26 of 27 shots.
  • 2nd Star: Lucas Lessio of  St. John’s with 1 goal, 3 shots and a +1 rating.
  • 3rd Star: Joseph LaBateof Utica with 1 goal, 2 shots and an even rating.
  • Player of the Game: Brett Lernout with a +3 rating.

12  St. John’s scores two early first period goals and Dustin Tokarski makes 26 saves to lead the IceCaps to a 3-1 victory over the Utica Comets in front of 3860 fans at the Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica New York.

Lucas Lessio picks up a loose puck on his own blue line and goes in on a breakaway beating Richard Bachman at 1:32 of the first period putting the IceCaps up 1-0.

Jeremy Gregoire with his 3rd of the year makes it 2-0 at 4:42 of the opening frame with assists going to Markus Eisenschmid and Morgan Ellis.

Joseph LaBate beats Dustin Tokarski with a long shot at 9:30 of the first making it a one goal game with helpers going to Jon Landry and Jordan Subban.

The second period would be a scoreless affair with the IceCaps being outshot 9-6.

Brandon McNally with a shot just inside the blue line fools Richard Bachman picking up his 1st goal of the season at 3:58 of the third period putting the IceCaps up 3-1.

Dustin Tokarski would stop 26 of 27 shots to get the win while Richard Bachman would stop just 12 of 15 shots in a losing cause. Final score: 3-1 IceCaps.

Next game for the IceCaps is on Friday Jan 8 at the Mile One centre in St. John’s Newfoundland where they take on the Portland Pirates


13  A look at the periods:

1st Period:

  • Comets 5-2 on the shot clock but 2-1 IceCaps on the scoreboard in the 1st 10 minutes.
  • IceCaps 3-0 on the shot clock and 0-0 on the scoreboard in the 2nd 10 minutes.
  • Comets had a goal called back at 3:26 on the period because it was knocked in with a high stick.
  • Fournier vs. Archibald edge to Archibald. Fournier went after him because he levelled Didier.
  • IceCaps scored their goals on their first 2 shots on net.
  • Lessio had 2 of the 5 shots on goal.

2nd Period:

  • Comets 4-1 on the shot clock and 0-0 on the scoreboard in the 1st 10 minutes.
  • 5-5 tie on the shot clock and 0-0 on the scoreboard in the 2nd 10 minutes.
  • Bennett vs. LaBate edge to LaBate. Bennett was sticking up for Didier who took a hit from LaBate.
  • Pretty close period.

3rd Period:

  • Comets 8-3 on the shot clock but 1-0 IceCaps on the scoreboard for the 1st 10 minutes.
  • Comets 5-1 on the shot clock and 0-0 on the scoreboard in the 2nd 10 minutes.
  • Eisenschmid misses on a shorthanded breakaway.
  • Comets were the better team in the period.


Brampton Beast – ECHL affiliate:

The Brampton Beast were beaten by the Wheeling Nailers 5-1 in front of 3846 fans at the WesBanco Arena in Wheeling West Virginia. Brampton now has a record of 11-15-3-1 scoring 84 goals while giving up 108. They are last place in their division with 26 points, 12 points behind division leading Toledo Walleye.

Travis Brown had 0 goals, 0 assists, 2 shots and a -1 rating.

Angelo Miceli  had 0 goals, 0 assists, 4 shots and a -1 rating.

Eddie Pasquale stopped just 24 of 29 shots and was pulled after playing 48:41. 

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